CATLEEN, Ellen. Peking Studies. Shanghai, Kelly and Walsh,1934.
Folio. Original cloth with photographic illustration mounted to upper cover and title banner to fore-edge of upper cover; pp. 87; numerous illustrations in photogravure, a few with additional colour-printing, colour-printed city map, thumb-nail sketches by F.H. Schiff; a little spotting to covers, previous owner's inscription to front fly- leaf, minimal spotting; a very good copy.
First edition. A gentle evocation of Peking using photographs taken with a Rolleiflex and Schiff's illustrations. The photographs show various aspects of everyday life in the city. Schiff's thumb-nail sketches relate a narrative in pictures of Mr Pim and Mr Wu as they observe goings-on in Peking. A fine collaboration between the Dutch author-photographer and Friedrich Schiff (1908-1968) who was born in Austria and came to China in 1930 where he worked as caricaturist for several newspapers and illustrated books. Ellen Thorbecke, who is using her maiden name here, was the wife of the Dutch amabassador to China, a Sinophile, who wrote a few books on Shanghai and other Chinese cities, all splendid book productions, as here.